Envy is the third installment in J.R. Ward’s Fallen Angel series and it seems like Ward is finally hitting her stride in the series with this one. I think each book keeps getting better and this one is by far the best, the most interesting, the sexiest, and leaves us with one hell of a giant, “OMG what the hell just happened?” situation.
At the start of Envy the score is tied between savior Jim Heron and evil Devina. This time around Jim needs to save the soul of detective Thomas DelVecchio, Jr. (yes the same one from Lover Unleashed), who’s found himself in a pickle of a situation when he can’t remember if he killed the dead man in front of him or not. Enter into the story Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, and sparks fly between our hero and heroine. Frankly Ward has me hooked on DelVecchio the minute midnight blue eyes and a treasure trail of dark hair down his stomach were mentioned.
And we’ve got side stories going on with Jim, Adrian *sigh*, and Eddie. Jim is determined to save Sissy, the girl Devina kidnapped in book 2. And while some may find Jim’s devotion to try to bring Sissy back home as some type of romantic connection Jim feels with Sissy, I don’t buy it. I just know that somewhere down the line in the series Ward will reveal some big secret about Jim and the pieces will fit together. Because that’s just how she rolls – that’s how she gets us.
We also get more detail regarding the life of arch angel Nigel and his relationship with Colin. I found these parts of the book intriguing. We get more glimpses into Devina’s psyche which are interesting as well.
There’s a lot going on in Envy compared to the first two books as Ward continues to build the world and somehow also fit it into the Black Dagger Brotherhood world. It’s nice to see more of Jose DeLa Cruz since us BDB fans go all the way back to 2005 with him! I can’t help but wonder when the two series will start to have more of a crossover as Ward keeps dropping little references in the Fallen Angels series.
I did have two issues with Envy though. One is when the heroine, Sophia Reilly, is faced with a decision on if DelVecchio is really the man she believes him to be. I just didn’t believe Sophia’s decision at the time. I felt it was a little over the top. Also, Ward’s usual slang is ever present in Envy but sometimes it doesn’t fit the character that is using it.
Lastly I would be remiss if I don’t mention again that Envy features one big honkin’ WTF situation that left me speechless….and possibly needing therapy. I still can’t believe it. But I am dying to see where it goes from here. It als makes me happy to see that Ward still has it in her to shock the you know what out of me. Do I really have to wait another year? I can’t wait that long for more Adrian either who is quickly becoming one of my favorite book characters…ever. Haven’t read this series yet? I think you could start with book 2 and pick up on everything just fine.
He stepped in closer and put his hands on her hips. “You think we’re that dirty.”
“Try filthy,” she said focusing on his lips. “We are past dirty and into filthy territory.”
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